Hey, I was rereading the books recently and in light of the show very clearly setting up Sansa in charge of the North, am I mistaken or is that not really a thing in the books? I see Sansa setup doing something courtier like, not being an out and front wardeness/queen/leader whatever. Am I mistaken? Is there foreshadowing that I missed in the books for Sansa ruling the North?
No, not really. When Sansa had references to queendom it was always relational to the south. Most people point out the snow castle scene in the Vale to ascribe some northern power to Sansa, but I believe they are missing the most significant part: Robert and his “giant” destroy it. That’s symbolic, not just in the moment but for the future as well. Her idealization of a perfect Winterfell is just a dream, and someone - a giant - is going to wreck her chances/progress of rebuilding her home. The “giant” is generally thought to be Littlefinger or Robert, whose deaths Sansa will be instrumental in carrying out or intrinsically tied to.
But as for legitimate chances of Sansa ruling the North? Well, let’s look at what would have to happen. First of all, Jon, Bran, and Rickon would all have to die. They’re males, and they have preference in the line of inheritance and the will. Arya would then have to die, considering she probably comes before the disinherited Sansa in Robb’s will. That she will be the only living Stark left when, A) four living total, B) she was not included in the key five, and C) she was the last Starkling created does not work.
Okay, but what if all her siblings are dead? Well first, the northern lords would have to ignore Robb’s last will and testament. Then they would have to trust someone who is married to a Lannister, wanted for kingslaying (that’s a serious crime despite their hatred for Joffrey), raised by a southern septa, no northern political experience, lied about the murder of the Lady of the Vale, has been posing as the daughter of Littlefinger, and will likely be a kinslayer too (assisting in Sweetrobin’s demise by following Petyr’s insistence and plans) by the end of the series. I don’t see them allowing her power unless they insist on a firm and trustworthy regent to rule in her place for a long time. If she couldn’t carry out what they expected of their leader - basically everything that Ned did - they probably wouldn’t allow her the absolute power either, choosing instead to educate her, sit her behind a regent, or replace her with another Stark descendant.
Personally I think the Starks are returning to a time when their magic and power was at its best. Sansa lost that part of her soul when Lady was killed, and I just don’t see one of the wolflike Starks not sitting that throne when it’s time. There are a lot of possibilities for Sansa’s story, but Queen in the North doesn’t seem to be one of them.